Who should teach our children? What should they be taught? What teaching methods should be employed? R. C. Sproul Jr. provides this unique approach to homeschooling, answering these and other questions. He maintains that education is discipleship; the goal is seeing our children bear fruit, grow in grace, and become more and more like Christ.
|Publisher:||Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)|
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R. C. Sproul, Jr. is a minister with the St. Peter Presbyterian Church of Bristol, TN, a homeschooling father of six children, and a regular columnist for Homeschooling Today magazine. This small but powerful book of six chapters, available in many conservative religious bookstores and in most homeschooling catalogues, is intended to provide a Biblical foundation for homeschooling, drawing primarily from Deuteronomy 6:1-9. The last paragraph sums up the message of the book. "And therein is the end of the matter. I have tried to make the case in this book, under the authority of Christ, that parents are commanded to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. But let me concede this. While biblical education is done by the parents' teaching the Three Gs to their children when they rise up and when they lie down, the most grievous error we can make is to send them off to schools where Jesus is not plainly, fully, and publicly honored. In that great name may we hasten the day when no parent at the same time claims to serve the King, and yet allows his child to be trained by those who will not name that King. May it never be said again of those who name the name of Christ that they have rendered unto Caesar the things that are God's - his covenant children." As always, any book written by a human being is subject to error, and only the Bible can be recommended without reservation. Sproul readily admits that he is a Calvinist in his religious beliefs, saying that as a Presbyterian minister he must subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Those of us who come from a different religious background may not agree with some specific concepts mentioned in the book, such as calling preachers pastors, having the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, being saved by faith alone, praying the sinner's prayer, and needing the Holy Spirit to illuminate the scriptures in our minds. However, these items are really incidental to the overall purpose of the book. Sproul's dry, some-times self-deprecating, humor and the Biblical foundation upon which Sproul bases his arguments make this a good recommendation to encourage us as homeschoolers to keep on our chosen path with perseverance and also to equip us to be able to respond with grace to the objections that others may try to place in our way.
This is one of the most profound books I have ever read. I was pretty sure I wanted to home school before I read this, but I am convicted and excited about it now! Sproul delineates why we are responsible for our the education of our children and rebukes many of the common objections, leaving no room for doubt. His writing style is both spirited and compelling. I read this out loud to my husband, emphatically singing out every sentence because it made so much sense and echoed truth! I am buying five copies of this book. One, to replace the one I have now that I borrowed from a friend b/c I went nuts underlining! The rest will be for friends who have children and then for family, as I am expecting objections or raised eyebrows when the time comes to announce our plans. This book leaves no gray area. I simply love it!